The Sisters of St. Joseph of Peace

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The Sisters of St. Joseph of Peace are a Roman Catholic religious institute of women which was founded in January 1884 in the Diocese of Notthingham, England.

The institute was founded by Margaret Anna Cusack.[1] She was raised in the Anglican church, but converted to Catholicism in 1858. Margaret Anna entered the Poor Clare Sisters, and was then known as Sister Francis Clare. She worked in many forms of ministry in Ireland over the years, and was known for her writing. In 1881, she went to Knock, Ireland, in County Mayo, to open a school for young woman during the day, which held evening classes for daytime land workers. Other women were inspired by this work, and this led her to decide to form her own community, the Sistes of Saint Joseph of Peace. Conflict with the Church leaders in Knock caused her to seek support in England, and in 1884, with the support of Cardinal Manning and Bishop Bagshawe, she received approbation for the new religious institute from Pope Leo XIII and the Congregation of the Sisters of St. Joseph of Peace was founded.

Eastern United States[edit]

St. Joseph Province in the Eastern US includes Sisters and Associates living in Delaware, Florida, Maryland, New Jersey, New York, and Rhode Island.

Western United States[edit]

Our Lady Province in the Western US includes Sisters and Associates living in Alaska, California, Minnesota, Nevada, North Carolina, Oregon, Washington, British Columbia, El Salvador, and Guatemala.

United Kingdom[edit]

Sacred Heart Province in the UK includes Sisters and Associates living in England, Ireland, and Scotland.

Famous Members[edit]

  • Margaret Anna Cusack, also known as Sister Francis Clare
  • Sister Evangelista Gaffney (1853 - ), born Honoria Gaffney[2]

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External links[edit]

In general
North America
Associated Blogs